Underwater Countingby Jerry Pallotta, David Biedrzycki
Striking digital paintings coupled with lighthearted verse and engaging facts make this the perfect book for bird lovers old and young. Readers count 20 colorful backyard birds as they gather at the feeder.
Beginning with a lone feeder, pairs of birds flock to feast, creating the numbers 020. Each numbered pair is coupled with a short, rhymed verse that depicts actions and habits of birds such as cardinals, downy woodpeckers, sparrows, and tufted titmice. The body of the text is verse, followed by brief factoids about the bird. This is the war of the formats: The same information presented in poetic form is often needlessly restated in the factual paragraph. A crafty cat stalks the feeder, waiting to pounce, à la Lois Ehlert's Feathers for Lunch (1990). High- resolution digital illustrations painted onscreen using a personal computer are detailed with the precision of a photograph, appropriate for identification but lacking a heartbeat.
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- 10.90(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.13(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Jerry Pallotta is an award-winning author of children's alphabet books and imaginative fiction. His books combine interesting facts, detailed research, humor, and realistic illustrations that mesmerize children everywhere. Jerry lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Underwater Counting is a number book and a concept book. I waited a bit to give this book to my four-year-old son because I thought he might find it confusing: With exception of 0 and 1, this book counts to 50 by twos. When I did give him this book, however, he recognized the numbers up to 30. I know he doesn't understand the counting-by-twos concept right now, that will come in time, but he does recognize the numbers. The facts in this book are interesting enough to engage the adult readers, and the text is well-written. Underwater Counting is also a visually stunning book. The vibrant illustrations seem to swim off of the pages, and are so accurate, this book could be used for reference. My son loves the aquarium and loves numbers -- this book is perfect.